Adrienne Gropper Waks, MD
- Staff physician in breast oncology at the Dana-Farber Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers
- Associate director of clinical research for breast oncology at the Dana-Farber Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers
- Instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School
Adrienne Waks, MD, earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and then obtained her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, where she was selected to serve for an additional year as a chief resident in internal medicine.
After a clinical and research fellowship in medical oncology at Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, Dr. Waks now serves as a staff physician in breast oncology at the Dana-Farber Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, where she is also associate director of clinical research for breast oncology, and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. She conducts clinical and translational research to develop new treatments and new treatment approaches for breast cancer patients and to better understand mechanisms of response and resistance. She has particular interests in the immune microenvironment and in HER2-positive breast cancer.
Types of chemotherapy
Chemotherapy medicines are put into classes based on how they affect substances inside the cancer cell, which process or activity the medicine affects in the cancer cell, and what specific point the medicine attacks a cell as it rests, grows or divides.